Author Archives: SubOptimist

About SubOptimist

I am an Associate Professor in the Science Department at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. I teach introductory biology courses at both the majors and non-majors level in addition to microbiology. Previous to that I spent 7 years as a postdoctoral researcher on different viruses. While I don't miss being on the "grant treadmill", I think better when I write and miss writing up data for papers and grants; this blog helps me with that a little. And sometimes my kids' insanely funny and cute antics need to be shared with the world. Any view expressed in this blog is that of me personally and not Georgia Perimeter College or the GPC Clarkston Science Department.

Curing HCV – Private companies stand on the shoulders of taxpayer funded research

An estimated 2.7-3.9 million Amuricans are infected with the Hepatitis C Virus [a fact based on testing by the Centers for Disease Control (which receives its funding from the Department of Health & Human Services)].  60-70 % of these people … Continue reading

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New to me: Annulate Lamellae

When you teach cell biology over and over again you end up looking at a lot of textbook figures showing the inside of the cell, and that has a stupidizing effect.  Everything is so present and accounted for; the endoplasmic … Continue reading

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Writing to think

After being merged with GSU, GPC (now PC) faculty got an email offering us $2,000 to convert one of our courses to a “writing intensive course”, part of Georgia State’s Writing Across the Curriculum program.  Willing to do anything ethical … Continue reading

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Interesting ignorance – Stentor

In majors Biology lab last week we (un)covered the protists.  One of the many living critters we looked at was Stentor. How is it that I have managed to know so little about such an amazing Genus?  I should have … Continue reading

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Would I know a misperception if I saw it?

Thinking a lot about student misperceptions recently while actively measuring their prevalence in all my classes this semester.  Writing these thoughts up on this blog helps me to connect the thoughts I have in the fragmented time that I actually … Continue reading

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Is cerebral palsy genetic?

I honestly knew very very little about CP.  After a couple hours of reading this morning, I would shave a micron off the “v” in one of those verys. The causes are numerous, from prenatal infections to exposure to methyl … Continue reading

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Cubes versus naked women (books please)

In Sanjoy Mahajan’s 2009 course on teaching he states that You know if you know anyone who’s a symphony orchestra player, they say, oh yeah, the best way to start hating music is to be a professional musician. They love … Continue reading

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